Sleeth Gallery Opens Shootapalooza II November 5

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Shootapalooza II, the next Sleeth Gallery exhibition at West Virginia Wesleyan College, opens today and will feature photography from Assistant Professor Andy Bloxham.

The exhibit, comprised of photographs captured on Bloxham’s 12,000-mile journey across America and Canada during the summer of 2013, is the second in his Shootapalooza series.  Bloxham created scenes of fiction with regional actors, models, and assistants.  On display will be a selection from these photographs, in addition to a North American portrait project, and images and video from the journey.

“Various aspects of life are dramatized and presented in a packaged form of entertainment,” stated Bloxham.  “They are escapism from reality, albeit thinly veiled.  This is what separates fiction from reality, but it is this separation that I feel most comfortable in.  My work is my imagination.  Photography allows me to play inside of it.”

The exhibit runs until December 5 with an opening reception on November 14 at 4:30 p.m., followed by an artist talk at 6 p.m.

Andy Bloxham grew up in Louisiana. Receiving a BA in psychology and MFA in photography from Louisiana Tech University, his images dive into the imagination to create a world of stories told through the slight hint of a smirking camera. His work has been featured in galleries, print publications, television, and online media worldwide. Bloxham is an assistant professor of art at West Virginia Wesleyan, faculty at the Maine Media Workshops, and a frequent visiting artist to colleges, galleries, and universities.  For more information on Bloxham and his work, please visit www.andybloxham.com.

Wesleyan’s Art Department includes concentrations of study in graphic design, drawing and painting, intermedia, and art education.  The Department also offers a pre-art therapy major.

Sleeth gallery is open Monday – Friday, 12-5 p.m. (or by appointment) and is located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall. Visit the website at http://sleethgallery.wvwc.edu for more information. Admission is free.